The files for fan mail and feedback forms are about to explode, so it’s time for me to send out another batch to our authors. Be watching your mailboxes in the next week or so!
I’ve been wondering what you authors do with your mail after you read it. Do you respond to each one if they provide contact info? Have you come up with any creative marketing tactics using their contact info? Have you made any new friends or “pen pals”?
Recently a letter came for Darlene Franklin, and its contents brought tears to my eyes. It was from a teen boy who seemed to be in some form of detention center. He had read her book Romanian Rhapsody and enjoyed it, but he really seemed to be searching with statements like “I don’t really know God, but I wish I did. I know how to pray. I read the Bible, but I don’t know if there is anything else I am supposed to do…..” Wow. What an opportunity to share the truth and love of Jesus and possibly turn this boy’s life in a completely new direction.
Have others of you ever received mail like this, where the fan is openly seeking Jesus after reading your book? How have you responded? I am so thrilled that our Heartsong books can help readers realize their need for Jesus, and I hope an opportunity to witness never goes to waste!